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Area games of the week: Kentwood, Sumner, Shelton, N. Thurston look to stay unbeaten in league play

Post by Meg Wochnick on Oct. 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm with 1 Comment »
October 11, 2012 2:35 pm

* 3A Narrows

North Thurston (5-1, 3-0) at Shelton (6-0, 3-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Highclimber Stadium

About the Rams: Up until last week’s 28-12 nonleague hiccup against 2A Tumwater, the Rams were rolling along and off to their best start since 1992. Their ground game is led by Mo Manning and Brandon Belisario, whose yardage combined is approaching 1,000. Should North Thurston get past Shelton, it sets up a Week 8 all-Lacey showdown with Timberline — likely with the league title at stake.
About the Highclimbers: The Highclimbers already are off to their best season since 2004 and a win over the Rams would likely put the team no worse than to finish second in the 3A Narrows. Senior running back Ralph Kinne became the program’s single-season rusher last week and now has 1,684 yards through six games, but Shelton hasn’t faced a defense like North Thurston’s, which has allowed 11.6 points per game on average.
TNT pick: Shelton 28-21

* SPSL 4A North

Kentwood (6-0, 5-0) at Tahoma (4-2, 4-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Maxwell Stadium
About the Conquerors: Can anyone slow down Kentwood? Rogers almost did before Kentwood squeezed by with a 31-23 victory. The Conks’ ‘D’ has surrendered an average of 4.4 points in its first five games, allowing an average of 232 yards of total offense and 23 takeaways, which leads the SPSL North. Kyle Caparuald has a team-best 10 tackles for loss for minus-36 yards.
About the Bears: After losses in two of their first four games, the Bears have hit a stride offensively. Tahoma ranks second in passing offense (268.2 yards per game) with two receivers — Dashon Williams (31 catches, 376 yards, 4 TDs) and Damon Funk (40 catches, 451 yards, 1 TD) leading the way. QB Shane Nelson has completed 75 percent of his passes (102 for 135) for 1,133 yards and eight TDs, good for third-best in the SPSL North.
TNT Pick: Kentwood, 33-17

* SPSL 2A

Sumner (5-1, 4-0) at Washington (4-2, 3-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Franklin Pierce Stadium
About the Spartans: Sumner’s reward for a one-point win over Orting last week? The SPSL 2A’s top teams for passing offense, but a win would all but clinch the team’s first league title outright since 2010. The defense, led by league-leading tackler Austin Striplin, will be put to the test again.
About the Patriots: Given what QB Jordan Mezias and WR Victor Gamboa have done through six games, it’s no surprise they lead the SPSL 2A in passing and receiving. A win would create a log-jam for second place with two games remaining. In its four wins, Washington has averaged 30 points per contest.
TNT pick: Sumner 24-17

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